The US Army has awarded contracts valued at $170.5m to aviation services company Longbow for Apache AH-64E fire control radar (FCR) systems.

Longbow is a joint venture (JV) company established by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

Under the deal, the company will be responsible for delivering Longbow FCR hardware to the fleet of Apache AH-64E attack helicopters supporting the US Army lots 7 and 8, in addition to three international customers.

The scope of the contracts includes the delivery of Longbow FCR mast mounted assemblies (MMA), radar electronics units (REUs) and spares for the US Army, the UK, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Longbow president and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Longbow programmes and director Jim Messina said: “This contract allows us to supply the US Army fleet with REUs, which is the foundation for future enhancements like extended range, maritime mode and unmanned aerial systems detection.”

“The REU provides growth capabilities to Longbow FCR while reducing space, weight and power, along with maintenance cost.”

To be extended through April 2021, production of the Longbow systems will be carried out at Lockheed Martin’s manufacturing facilities in Orlando and Ocala, Florida, and a Northrop Grumman facility in Baltimore, Maryland.

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The Longbow FCR are used to automatically search, detect, locate, classify and prioritise a number of moving or stationary targets both on land and in the air.

Longbow vice-president and Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Advanced Tactical Systems vice-president Susan Bruce said: “The Longbow FCR REU continues to provide outstanding capabilities to our customers.

“The REU provides growth capabilities to Longbow FCR while reducing space, weight and power, along with maintenance cost.”

The radar system is capable of operating in clear or adverse weather conditions, as well as in obscured battlefields, providing commanders with precision engagement capabilities necessary to win a battle.